The Everett AquaSox and Spokane Indians played deep into the night Thursday, needing 15 innings before the Indians prevailed 5-3.
The loss ended Everett’s six-game winning streak, and the Sox were left ruing an opportunity missed. The Sox took a 3-2 lead into the ninth, but a two-out wild pitch allowed Spokane to score the tying run. The teams traded zeroes until the 15th, when Yefry Castillo’s two-run double proved to be the difference.
“It was a tough one,” Everett manager Jose Moreno said before Friday’s game. “We were just one pitch away from winning, but we didn’t execute routine ground balls and had one pitch we couldn’t block. We had a lot of opportunities to win the ball game. We couldn’t get the big hit with men in scoring position — I think we were 1-for-16 with men in scoring position.”
Base hits were not easy to come by for the Sox. Everett managed just seven in the game’s 15 innings, and none of those came during the game’s six extra frames. A combination of walks and errors allowed Everett to put runners in scoring position four times in extra innings, but the Sox never came through with the run-scoring hit. The Sox also struck out 21 times in the game.
“I think as young hitters we tried to do too much,” Moreno said. “Early in the game we had good approaches, we waited for a good pitch to hit. Later in the game the situation was different. With men in scoring position everyone wanted to be the hero and try to win the game with one swing. We swung at too many bad pitches.”
One oddity from Thursday’s game was the dramatic change in pace. It originally looked like it was going to end while it was still light out as less than two hours had elapsed when the Sox tried to end it in the top of the ninth. But after the Indians tied it the game slowed to a crawl. The game ended up lasting 4 hours, 13 minutes, with the six extra innings taking longer than the first nine, despite no runs being scored in five of those six frames.
Wiswall swapping corners
Sox newcomer Mickey Wiswall made his first start for the club Friday, but not at the expected position. Wiswall was listed as a first baseman on the Seattle Mariners’ draft list, and he played first at Boston College. But Friday night he was penciled in at third base, and that’s not a temporary measure.
“He’s going to be our third baseman,” Moreno said. “We’re going to start working with him. In college his primary position was first base, he played third base a couple times. But our plan is to play him at third.”
Everett infielder Terry Serrano escaped Thursday’s game unscathed and was back in the lineup Friday.
Serrano came out of Thursday’s game in the 11th inning after being injured on an attempted steal of second. Serrano slid head first, was tagged out and remained face down in the dirt while being attended to by Sox trainer Spyder Webb. After several moments Serrano left the field under his own power, but was removed from the game.
Webb said Serrano was caught by the fielder’s knee and was just shaken up on the play.
Nick Patterson, Herald writer